I would like to call this series “South St. Louis basements”
A Moment in Music History! Today back in 1967, the first issue of the rock periodical Rolling Stone hit the shelves in San Francisco, CA, with a cover featuring John Lennon, in a still from his upcoming movie How I Won The War, and a free roach clip with every issue.
In the very first edition of the magazine, founder and current chief editor Jann Wenner wrote that Rolling Stone "is not just about the music, but about the things and attitudes that music embraces.”
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“It’s amazing what you find out about yourself when you write in the first person about someone very different from you.” —Doris Lessing
makes me want to try it
answer: it definitely would be if I wore it!
This week marks the 75th Anniversary of the legendary Orson Welles radio broadcast of “War of the Worlds”, which famously led to widespread outrage and panic in listeners who believed that the events being described in the program by the 23 year old Welles were actually happening.
(Listen to the entire 58 minute original Welles CBS broadcast from 1938)
A brand new PBS Documentary exploring this event, American Experience: War of the Worlds, airs tonight at 9pm.
My dad heard this broadcast and told me that there was no way anyone could have mistaken it for anything but a radio drama. He was in his 20’s at the time. But I used to work with a woman who was just a young child in 1938 and lived with her Slovenian parents in a small coal mining town in Southern Illinois. Her father believed that the events on the radio were actually happening. So he took my friend and her sister in hand and walked them down to the local tavern where he proceeded to get very drunk. He figured that if the world was coming to an end he didn’t want to face it sober.
Aasif Mandvi talks to Don Yelton, North Carolina Republican Executive Committee Member.
The pause after Aasif says “And you are not racist” is so long…
A reflection of poor, conservative-Republican stewardship in the South, mostly old Dixie-States have left 50 million, 48%, of public school children impoverished, the Washington Post reports. In places like Mississippi, a state which year after year vies for the lowest national poverty ranking, as many as 71% of students qualify for free lunch programs, a benchmark indicating various levels of poverty. The trend has spread westward, too, into Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon and California.
A majority of students in public schools throughout the American South and West are low-income for the first time in at least four decades, according to a new study that details a demographic shift with broad implications for the country.
The analysis by the Southern Education Foundation, the nation’s oldest education philanthropy, is based on the number of students from preschool through 12th grade who were eligible for the federal free and reduced-price meals program in the 2010-11 school year.
The meals program run by the Department of Agriculture is a rough proxy for poverty, because a family of four could earn no more than $40,793 a year to qualify in 2011.
Children from those low-income families dominated classrooms in 13 states in the South and the four Western states with the largest populations in 2011, researchers found. A decade earlier, just four states reported poor children as a majority of the student population in their public schools.
But by 2011, almost half of the nation’s 50 million public-school students — 48 percent — qualified for free or reduced-price meals. In some states, such as Mississippi, that proportion rose as high as 71 percent.
In a large swath of the country, classrooms are filling with children who begin kindergarten already behind their more privileged peers, who lack the support at home to succeed and who are more than likely to drop out of school or never attend college.
“This is incredible,” said Michael A. Rebell, the executive director of the Campaign for Educational Equity at Columbia University, who was struck by the rapid spike in poverty. He said the change helps explain why the United States is lagging in comparison with other countries in international tests.
“When you break down the various test scores, you find the high-income kids, high-achievers are holding their own and more,” Rebell said. “It’s when you start getting down to schools with a majority of low-income kids that you get astoundingly low scores. Our real problem regarding educational outcomes is not the U.S. overall, it’s the growing low-income population.”